Board of TRUSTEES
|State Bar President
Luis J. Rodriguez
Beginning In 2012, SB 163 (Stats. 2011, ch. 417) changed the governance structure of the State Bar. The State Bar’s governing board, formerly known as the Board of Governors, has been renamed the Board of Trustees. Between Jan. 1, 2012 and Oct. 31, 2014, the board will gradually transition from 23 to 19 members.
As the terms of the members holding office before Dec. 31, 2011, under the old structure, expire and the new members under SB 163 are elected or appointed between 2012 and 2014, the board will gradually transition from the old board of 23-members to the smaller 19-member board selected as follows:
- Six lawyer members elected from new State Bar Districts based on California’s six appellate court districts;
- Five lawyer members appointed by the California Supreme Court;
- Two lawyer members appointed by the Legislature: one by the Senate Committee on Rules and one by the Speaker of the Assembly; and
- Six “public” or nonlawyer members of whom four are appointed by California's Governor, one by the state Senate Committee on Rules and one by the Speaker of the Assembly;
Two years into the three-year transition period, the 2013-14 board is composed of the four attorney-members elected from the new State Bar Districts; the three attorney-members appointed by the California Supreme Court; the two attorney-members appointed respectively by the Assembly Speaker and the Senate Rules Committee; the two public members and the six attorney-members carried over from the old structure, including the member now serving as State Bar president. These 17 members with the current vacancies of four other public members make up the 21 seats of the 2013-14 board.
The Board of Trustees meets approximately eight times a year to consider organizational, policy and professional issues. Each meeting is open to the public except for closed sessions that are allowed by law and agendas for the open and closed sessions are posted on the Web site.
The State Bar's open/closed meeting rules are similar to rules governing California's public agencies; the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Govt. Code Sections 11120, et seq.) and the Brown Act (Govt. Code Sections 54950, et seq.)